“F.I.S.T.” is Coming to Blu-ray

That’s an autographed mini-poster for “F.I.S.T.” starring Sly Stallone. It’s autographed by Norman Jewison, the director of “F.I.S.T.” and so many great movies.  

My pal, Alex [aka LotofSly] surprised me with a package containing it and several other Stallone-related autographs [Thanks again Alex!] but that is not what this post is about.

According to Blu-ray.com F.I.S.T.  is coming to Blu-ray DVD on February 10, 2015.

Sly in Rona Barrett’s Hollywood Dec. 1977

Earlier this week I received these photos attached to this e-mail:

Craig,

Longtime SZoner, Rob Hoskins, here from Salyersville, Kentucky. Just wanted to show you these latest gems. My Dad brought me an old copy of Rona Barrett’s HOLLYWOOD Magazine from December 1977 he found at an antique place. I found these sections on the “new star” of ROCKY inside.

Peace,

Rob Hoskins

I had the shirt and poster below. One of my sisters secretly traded the poster to one of her friends for a shirt. She didn’t tell me until years later.

If you’d like to see a larger version of the ad you can here.

 

Thanks to Rob for sharing!

LotofSly Autograph: Norman Jewison

That’s an autographed mini-poster for “F.I.S.T.” starring Sly Stallone. It’s autographed by Norman Jewison, the director of “F.I.S.T.” and so many great movies.

My pal, Alex surprised me with a package containing it and several other Stallone-related autographs that I’m going to post on the SZ over the coming weeks. Alex, as you’ve probably guessed is also known as LotofSly on the SZ message boards where he also serves as one of our moderators [and now has his own section Me &…]. Alex has met more celebrities than anyone else I know, and he somehow always manages to get photos with them. That’s in addition to being an all-around nice guy… and as nice as Alex is THAT has to be a full time job!


Stallone in Hollywood Animal

Joe Eszterhas was, at one time, the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood. He was also the first screenwriter to make the 100 Most Powerful People in Hollywood list.

Eszterhas’ first movie was F.I.S.T. which starred Sly Stallone. Before the movie was released Eszterhas and Sly had a few very public squabbles, although they did ultimately patch things up.

Here’s how the New York Post described it:

But when he was starting out, he and Stallone clashed after Robert De Niro wavered on playing the role of the Jimmy Hoffa-like character in “F.I.S.T.”  Stallone played the part.
Stallone claimed he was writing the script, not Eszterhas, and he fought him and the director, Norman Jewison, over Eszterhas’s plot, which called for the union leader to be fatally shot.

“The public will not accept me dying,” he told Jewison.

“We’re not making Rocky,” the director replied. “Without your dying, there is no ending to the movie.”

“I’m a star,” Stallone countered.

“You’re an actor,” Jewison replied.

They compromised on shooting the scene as written – but only once.

Stallone later told Eszterhas how much he liked his work on “Jagged Edge,” and said that since “I owe you one,” he wanted to hire him for $500,000 for a quick rewrite.  Stallone explained that he was directing “Staying Alive,” a sequel to “Saturday Night Fever,” and was halfway through the shooting but was having disagreements with John Travolta about the script.

Eszterhas agreed to meet with the two men in Stallone’s trailer. Travolta wanted to stress the “vulnerability” of his character, Tony Manero, but Stallone preferred to the put the stress on his being “cool.”

Eszterhas said he couldn’t help them.

“Sure you can,” Stallone said and offered to put him up in a hotel suite.

“Sly, you f – – – – d me once on ‘F.I.S.T.’ ” Eszterhas recalled saying. “What do you want to f – – – me again for, now that we’re friends?”

Travolta began to laugh, and so did Stallone, and Eszterhas left them to solve the problem
of Tony Manero’s personality on their own.

For the full article click HERE.

To order Hollywood Animal by Joe Eszterhas [and help support the SZ] click HERE.

– Craig Zablo

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